SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 21, 2012
"For a lot of us, it's not about the bike, it's about the bike as a means to an end, about being able to move around the city, and being connected to the liveliness of the neighborhoods."
Biker Bulletin News
Sunday Streets is in Chinatown this weekend -- and bikes are allowed!
Bike the Vote: Weigh in on Candidate Endorsements
It's time to Bike the Vote! Election day is November 6, and the voters will select San Francisco's Supervisors and BART Board -- critical decisions in so many ways for the future of everyday bicycling in SF. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be making an endorsement in the Supervisor Districts (odd numbers are up this election) and one BART Board seats. We're calling on you -- and all of our members -- to help us determine who should receive our influential endorsement. Click over to sfbike.org/vote to read the candidates' responses to our questionnaire on bicycling issues, and then let us know who you think should receive the SF Bicycle Coalition's endorsement. Current members can log in and cast your vote for the candidates you think would be the best.
How Much Does Smooth Pavement & Bikeways Matter to You?
We've got a once-in-a-century opportunity that can’t be missed. As you know, thanks to the $248 million streets bond we helped get passed last fall, more money than ever will be spent in improving our streets. While funding is in place, the plans are not.
We Love Sunday Streets Volunteers
This year alone volunteers have donated over 1,900 hours of their time to help make Sunday Streets possible. From staffing the event, to hanging "No Parking" signs, to talking to businesses and neighbors before each event, they've done it all. These amazing volunteers have helped open over 15 miles of streets in San Francisco neighborhoods for people to bike, walk, recreate, and socialize. Help us say "Thank you!" at our Sunday Streets Volunteer Appreciation Party on Tuesday, August 28th, from 7-9pm. We hope you will join us to say thanks and raise a glass to our wonderful volunteers who make it all happen. RSVP here.
Our Organization is Growing: Job Openings and New Hires
Today is the first day of work for our newest SF Bicycle Coalition staff, Eric Tuvel! We are thrilled to have Eric coming on-board as our in-house graphic designer. This is a new position for our organization, and we’re so excited to have someone overseeing all of our visual and graphic design work.
Find out more about these jobs at sfbike.org/jobs.
Valet Bike Parking at America’s Cup
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is helping make this the most bike-friendly America's Cup ever by providing free valet bike parking at Marina Green from August 21- 26 from 11am–7pm on weekdays; 10am–9pm on Saturday; and 10am-7 pm on Sunday.
Talk to Your SF Bicycle Coalition Staff - Jason Sarafino-Agar
"Hi. I'm Jason Serafino-Agar, your SF Bike Coalition's Safe Routes to School Coordinator. I work on helping families throughout San Francisco bike and walk to school, by teaching youth and family classes, organizing our annual Family Day and spearheading the ever-growing and awesome Bike to School Day.
Video: Competitive Bicycle Dancing!
With the Olympics behind us and the revelry of Tour de Fat just a month away, we thought this was a fitting time to showcase an awesome video about competitive bike dancing.
** Tuesday, August 21st **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: America’s Cup World Series *
Each regatta is a combination of practice and championship racing, with additional practice sailing on-site ahead of each event. Come enjoy the festivities, with complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles email firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Your Lanes Celebration: Mission
Let's ride and celebrate! Join fellow members and staff of the SF Bicycle Coalition on a bike ride and happy hour to celebrate the new bike lanes that have made biking in the Mission and the entire city so much better in the last few years. On the anniversary month of the 2-year lifting of the injunction, it is time to toast our 12,000 members and dedicated staff who have made 22 miles of new bike lanes possible. Meet at Mission Bowl at 5:30 to mingle and hear about what's next for this neighborhood, and then take a celebratory bike ride through the neighborhood at 7:30pm. Complimentary bike valet will be provided. RSVP here
** Wednesday, August 22nd **
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
This twice-monthly SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember and newcomers are always welcome. So stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend-the more the merrier! Don't forget to bring up your bike to the office! Special thanks to Rainbow Grocery for generously providing snacks for our volunteers http://www.rainbow.coop
** Thursday, August 23rd **
Love Your Lanes -- NOPA
Let's ride and celebrate! Join fellow members and staff of the SF Bicycle Coalition on a bike ride and happy hour to celebrate the new bike lanes that have made biking in the entire city so much better in the last few years. On the anniversary month of the 2-year lifting of the injunction, it is time to toast our 12,000 members and dedicated staff who have made 22 miles of new bike lanes possible! We'll meet in front of SF Bicycle Coalition office at 5:30pm for a group bike ride to The Page Bar (298 Divisadero), to toast the new lanes from 6pm - 8pm. RSVP at www.sfbike.org/mingle
SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting *
Come and speak up about bicycle issues in San Francisco. This eleven member committee meets once a month and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle. Check the BAC website to see schedules and agendas, and contact BAC chair Bert Hill (email@example.com) to ask to have an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.
** Friday, August 24th **
Post-Car Travel Agency: Maintenance, Campstove Cooking Show
Thinking of Bike Touring? A temporary installation, the Post-Car Travel Agency can help you plan door-to-door bicycle adventures originating in the San Francisco Bay Area. Open all week, with special events, including Friday, August 24 to help plan your car-free adventure as well as taking part in a spoke-focused mechanic's class at 6pm and a Camp-Stove Cooking Show at 7pm. Read more.
** Saturday, August 25th **
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking (in Cantonese)
The SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a one-hour workshop on safe bicycling in Cantonese. Come learn about types of bikes, the rules of the road, and how to make your bike comfortable for everyday riding, including grocery shopping. All skill levels welcome and no bike necessary. This course is funded in part by SFMTA. RSVP at http://www.sfbike.org/?edu-intro
** Sunday, August 26th **
Sunday Streets: Chinatown
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides recreational street space for everyone in neighborhoods across San Francisco. Learn more and get route info at sundaystreetssf.com. Sunday Streets is sponsored by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Livable City, the non-profit fiscal sponsor of Sunday Streets responsible for the day-to-day management of the program.
Family Biking: Freedom from Training Wheels
Part four of our Family Biking Classes, we can teach your young one how to balance, turn, and pedal without training wheels. Freedom from Training Wheels, a group effort to get kids riding without training wheels will be a part of this and every Sunday Streets. Bring your child's bike and helmet, if you have one. If not, we have a few balance bikes for kids aged 2-5. Questions? See sfbike.org/freedom.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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